The Palm Beach Town Council on Thursday postponed a final vote on whether to extend insurance benefits to gay and lesbian town employees in a domestic relationship.

Councilors agreed to revisit the issue during an August 13 meeting, according to a statement issued by the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, which is lobbying for passage of the measure.

An insurance consultant hired by the town had recommended offering the benefits to eligible workers.

But a projected annual cost of $72,510 dampened enthusiasm for the proposal.

“It is small dollars in the grand scheme of things,” Council Member Michael Pucillo told colleagues at Thursday's meeting.

“It is the right thing to do,” said Mayor Gail Coniglio, a non-voting town council member.

Council President Pro Tem Robert Wildrick requested more time to study the issue, in particular which employees would be eligible under the proposed expansion.